MUS321H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Anna (Go To Him), Roy Orbison, Love Me Do

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MUS321H1S Lecture 3
3. 1963: Please Please Me & With The Beatles
Questions:
By rejecting other writers’ material, The Beatles showed they were confident in their
(materials/) abilities and trusted their own material. So, in 1963…
How did they respond? To new position effectively;
How did they develop their craft?
How was their music shaped by George Martin?
How were they marketed?
They rejected idea of releasing singles of other people’s material (e.g. “Love Me Do” vs.
“How Do You Do It?”)
Live shows, covered wide range of songs and styles. So…
What role did that material play in shaping Beatle music?
What do these musical choices tell us about the different personalities of The
Beatles?
<Musical: “The Music Man Shirley Jones “Till There Was You on Youtube”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLDsLeVxOaU
“Till There Was You”
- By Meredith Willson
- From The Music Man,1957
- Film ver. 1962 (Shirley Jones)
- Peggy Lee (1961)
- Decca sessions
A note on chords…
- Major/ minor triads (root /inversions)
- Sevenths (major/ minor / dominant/ diminished /augmented)
- Extended (9th, 11th)
- Added (e.g., C major (C, E, G) add 9 – D chord is added?) – make it more complex
- Suspended
- Altered… and more:
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Chord structure:
* Intro:
F Fdim (diminish Chord) Gm7 (-7) C7
*Compare “Love Me Do”:
Intro: G C G C (I–IV…) – back and forth
Verse: G C G C G C C C C (I–IV…)
Bridge: D D C G x2 (V–IV–I…)
G C D – blues chord
Verse
F Fdim Gm7 Bm
F Am7/Am7 Gm7 C7
F …
Transition… F9…
….to bridge
Bridge (aka Middle Eight)
BBm F D9
Gm/Gm+maj7 G7 C Caug
…back to verse
Ending:
C/B C F D9
F …… Fmaj7
What else was popular?
- US – Elvis, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison
- Motown first #1 in 1961 – The Marvelettes “Please Mr Postman”
-Back and forth : new thing in this time
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* UK
- 1960:
Lonnie Donegan
Everly Brothers
Shadows
Roy Orbison
Elvis
-1962:
Frank Ifield
Tornadoes
Timing?
- British post-war youth were sekking new pop-music icons
- The energy /excitement generated in the mid 1950s by American rock and roll had
dissipated
- The competition?
- E.g., Cliff Richard (Summer Holiday, Feb 1963; < poster: a post of summer
holiday>)
Something new?
The Beatles had… (What did The Beatles have?)
- Different, anti –establishment image (but not too threatening)
- New sound that blended elements of rock & roll, show tunes, Motown, crooner
songs, novelty #s, etc.
- Lots of musical variety, appealing to broader audience
- Different personalities (everyone had a favourtie)
- Wit & humour
- Great song, beginning w/ “Please Please Me”
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